An anonymous Reddit user who created the viral wrestling video, in which US president Donald Trump was shown throwing a ‘CNN’ branded figure to the floor and beating him up, has apologized for the doctored clip, arguing that it was in no way intended to incite violence against the media.
The edited segment of Trump’s 2007 World Wrestling Entertainment event first emerged on an alt-right Reddit forum before being picked up by the president himself to share on his personal Twitter feed, a post which was also retweeted by the official POTUS account.
After initially claiming credit for the coup the unnamed Redditor changed tack after being tracked down by CNN who attempted to question the individual, prompting an apparent apology days later.
Trump supporters in charge of editing the page swiftly expunged the lengthy mea culpa but not before a screenshot of the apology lit up social media. In it ‘HanAssholeSolo wrote: “I was trolling and posting things to get a reaction from the subs on Reddit and never meant any of the hateful things I said in those posts.
"Just because you are behind a keyboard doesn't mean you can't hurt someone with your words or cause a situation such as this one where a simple meme is misconstrued as calling for violence."
The user in question has a history of posting inflammatory, racist and otherwise abusive online statements but claims this is now a thing of the past, vowing never again to publish ‘hurtful things’ on Reddit.